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January 2019

atCentral: Mirror Mirrored Curator Talk

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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The Austin Public Library and The Library Foundation present a new art exhibit in the Central Library's Art Gallery. MIRROR MIRRORED is a collection of works by contemporary artists, both local and national, inspired by fairy tales. Learn more about the questions driving this exhibit, how it came together, and hear how several artists positioned their work in relation to the popular narratives many of us know from childhood. Corwin Levi, who envisioned and executed this collaboration (along with a…

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APL After Dark: Slumber Party

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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$7

Escape into a totally awesome slumber-party time-warp on the 6th floor of the Austin Central Library! APL After Dark is an adults-only, themed Friday night where you get to party in your favorite library after closing time. ... This time, we're celebrating the slumber parties of childhood with retro board games, classic Nintendo, cootie catchers, MASH, adult beverages, snacks, and BYOVinyl. You'll also hear a short slumber-party comedy set by local comic Amber Bixby starting at 7:45pm, followed by two local…

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Badgerdog Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Narrating Lived Experience

January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster Drive
Austin, TX 78723 United States
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Free

How do you write compellingly about the real world? In this workshop, we will explore the modes and techniques of creative nonfiction, including memoir, portrait, and feature writing. From old classics to recent pieces, we will read examples of the genre and discuss what makes them vivid and intriguing. In our writing exercises, we will experiment with applying the devices of fiction to nonfiction prose, with the goal of helping you cultivate your voice as a storyteller. You'll leave the…

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February 2019

Badgerdog Youth Writing Workshop: Superheroes, Comics, + SuperYou

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

From books like Smile to classic superhero tales, graphic novels let creators use both images and words for a unique and effective style of storytelling. Learn how traditional writing techniques can be used in new ways as you begin to make your own comic book or graphic novel. All drawing skill levels welcome. Led by local comic creators Bryan and Selah Douglas. Free and open to youth in 5th-8th grade. Space is limited, please RSVP via EventBrite to secure a spot.

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March 2019

Badgerdog Workshop Series: Crafting Characters for Fiction + Nonfiction

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - April 10 @ 8:00 pm
Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster Drive
Austin, TX 78723 United States
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Free

According to Ernest Hemingway, writers should not make characters, they should make real people. In this workshop, we will explore the different techniques for developing "real people," with close attention paid to how character-writing shapes stories and essays. We will examine short fiction, short narrative essays, and experimental prose. By examining the different ways classic and contemporary authors have developed characters, we will hone methods for creating our own, and examine how character details stack to form a narrative. You'll…

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